Duterte addresses South China Sea issues


BalikBayani République | Tony Alabastro

Sunday’s estimated 65,000 crowd, including children, necessitates temporary closure, like cemeteries during Undas, of Libangan sa Buhangin in Manila Bay’s artificial white beach.

Holiday super spreader sans minimum health standard risks lowering Covid19 infection gains during pandemic needing private sector vaccination and faster public vaccination rate.

President Duterte, in a virtual Asean Summit address, renews call for unity in promoting peace and stability in South China Sea; urges turning commitment into action in 2002 Declaration on Conduct of Parties; and protecting and preserving diversity and marine environment in South China Sea, a critical gateway for world’s shipping industry.

The 10-bloc regional meet opens without Myanmar representative. Myanmar junta chief is disinvited for ignoring Asean peace roadmap agreed six months ago.

Summit Chair Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says Myanmar should be given space to normalcy in line with Asean’s non-interference principle.

US President Joe Biden announces up to US$103 million US-Asean partnership funding, including US$40 million against Covid19 pandemic.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo bats for Asean Travel Corridor with vaccinated travel lanes, and mutual vaccine certificates recognition.

“According to UN-WTO, the level of restrictions in southeast Asia is the highest in the world, reaching 82 percent,” Jokowi tells Asean Business & Investment Summit, where a Digital travel wallet app, Asean Digital Gateway, is launched.

“The gateway drives standardization of cross-border and business entry protocols, while respecting data privacy and protecting interests,” says Haslina Taib, Asean Business & Investment Summit chair and Brunei tech company CEO.

In 2013, Brunei hosted President PNoy Aquino and other world leaders to 23rd Asean Summit gala dinner in 5,000-capacity royal banquet hall of Palace of the Light of the Faith (Istana Nurul Iman) that OFWs architecturally designed, managed and built.

Menu featured small, flat, round and oval prawn and smoked salmon rolled up into a rosette and standing up on one end, with crispy greens and Choron sauce made from classic Bernaise sauce added with tomato paste as appetizer; red bean and celery soup; chicken with aromatic ginger; spicy venison in soy; slow-cooked mutton made famous by the royal kitchens in Uttar Pradesh, a dish eaten in the early morning after prayers; boiled lobster and fried in clarified butter and simmered in cream and bathed in Madeira, first showcased at Delmonico’s New York in 1876; grilled cod with capers and lemon sauce; braised Chinese cabbage (pak choy) with crab meat and sea asparagus, and curry (kurma) rice or steamed white rice.

When Brunei International Airport’s 2,600 square meter grand Arrival Hall opened in time for the 2013 Summit Meeting, vertical gardens grew on airport’s ground floor walls. Living walls were first seen at Philippine Embassy Chancery in Diplomatic Enclave President Aquino inaugurated during 2011 state visit.

Philippines and Brunei armies recently signed amended terms of reference on 12 bilateral military cooperation and interaction deals for 2022.

Royal Brunei Armed Forces is part of International Monitoring Team that oversees enforcement of truce between Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

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